So my question is: can I buy one of these and one of these, stick them both in my machine, turn it on, and use my Windows 7 disc to perform a clean install of everything?
While I am at it, I may as well go ahead and upgrade my RAM (since I have been using 2x1GB all these years). Can I pull out the RAM I already have and replace it with two of these? Should I install Windows before I switch the RAM?
Any guidance would be massively welcome.
That HD is OK.
Alternative CD drive: http://www.ebay.com/itm/321201682436
His shipping to Ireland is $52.- but might be cheaper than buying from Lenovo.
Look for that model elsewhere if possible, it's a good one.
For RAM, see e.g. this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/131004408691
You only need PC3-8500 or PC3-10600 (slightly cheaper than 8500), anything faster might not work.
If you install 32-bit W7, you only need 2x2GB, if 64-bit you can use up to 2x4GB.
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Thanks for the welcome, and the advice (from one fan of the black stuff to another!).
My copy of Windows 7 only has a 32-bit installer, so I think I will go with two of these 2GB RAM. I've come across this hard drive (it's the same price but 500GB instead of 320GB like the one I linked before). Do these look right? I will keep an eye on eBay for that DVD drive, second-hand imports from the US seem to be the way to go.
Thanks again, really appreciate it.
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